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San Juan Sights

Catedral de San Juan Bautista

  • 151 Calle Cristo Map It
  • Old San Juan
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 03/09/2015

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The Catholic shrine of Puerto Rico had humble beginnings in the early 1520s as a thatch-roofed, wooden structure. After a hurricane destroyed the church, it was rebuilt in 1540, when it was given a graceful circular staircase and vaulted Gothic ceilings. Most of the work on the present cathedral, however, was done in the 19th century. The remains of Ponce de León are behind a marble tomb in the wall near the transept, on the north side. The trompe l'oeil work on the inside of the dome is breathtaking. Unfortunately, many of the other frescoes suffer from water damage.

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151 Calle Cristo, San Juan, n/a Puerto Rico, 00902, Puerto Rico

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  • $1 donation suggested
  • Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 9–1

Updated 03/09/2015


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